Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line. If it is left untreated by a periodontist, it can affect the bone that supports your teeth. Symptoms of gum disease can include swollen, tender, or bleeding gums. You could also be experiencing receding gums or persistent bad breath. We offer both screening and treatment at our Tempe, AZ periodontal clinic.
When your body senses threats like infections, lacerations, or foreign bacteria, it rushes to try to heal and protect the area being threatened. This inflammatory response in healthy individuals kills off bacteria and helps to speed healing.
Unfortunately, when it comes to infections in your mouth, natural responses to infection can create complications. When your body detects plaque, tartar and bacteria in your mouth, instead of actively attacking the bacteria, it starts to protect itself by backing away.
If the early stages of gum disease are left untreated, gums will recede away from the teeth, which can trigger a variety of other dental and oral health problems.
Signs Of Gum Disease
Most patients in the early stages of gum disease don't even know they have it. Signs of gum disease may not appear until the disease has advanced to a point that will require you to undergo more invasive treatment to get your smile healthy again.
However, you can be on the lookout for these symptoms of gum disease:
- Loose teeth or teeth separating from each other
- Mouth pain - including swollen and red gums
- Receding gums
- Excessive bleeding after brushing and flossing your teeth
- Mouth sores
- Consistent bad breath that doesn't respond to traditional treatment, like mouthwash
- Noticeable pus between your teeth and gums
- Your partial dentures aren't fitting securely anymore
- A change in the way you bite or the way your teeth fit together
Gum disease hurts millions of people each year and many don't even know they don't have this serious condition until it has advanced to a point that requires treatment by a dentist.
If you're concerned you might be seeing the signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Beautiful Dentistry today. Our staff periodontist assess your symptoms and create a treatment plan specialized to your dental needs.
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
Your routine cleaning every six months at Beautiful Dentistry involves scaling your teeth and gumline to remove plaque and tartar and polishing to remove stains and smooth the tooth's surface. However, if you have symptoms of gum disease, you might need a different type of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing is a deep dental cleaning procedure Dr. Sobieraj performs to treat patients with current or developing gum disease. Not all patients need this level of cleaning, but it is key for patients concerned with gingivitis.
Gum Disease Therapy
Gingivitis is often painless at first, making it difficult to diagnose without regular dental checkups. Inflammation of the gums can be a potentially serious condition, which is why it’s vital to get regular dental exams from Beautiful Dentistry in Tempe.
If you have been diagnosed with or are concerned you might have gingivitis, Tempe, AZ periodontist Dr. Sobieraj provides a range of treatments to reverse or stop gum disease’s progression. If you are in the early stages of gingivitis, most treatment options are non-surgical procedures.
When your gums have been severely damaged by gingivitis, Dr. Sobieraj may recommend a gingivectomy. This procedure removes diseased gum tissue surrounding your teeth. After this gum tissues has been removed, most of our patients can return to a normal oral car routine. Dr. Sobieraj will continue to follow up to ensure your gums heal properly during your routine dental checkups at Beautiful Dentistry.
Have Questions About Your Gum Disease Treatment Options?
Are you seeing the signs on gum disease in your mouth? Don't put off treatment and risk developing severe gum disease! Call to schedule your appointment with our periodontist Dr. Sobieraj at our Tempe dentist office and start healing your smile today.
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